»Confiscation of Bethlehem District Farmlands Approved by Israel – IMEMC News



The Israeli authorities have decided on Wednesday to confiscate about 100 dunams of agricultural land from the Palestinian village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, a local activist said.

Hassan Breijah, Anti-Wall and Settlement Committee coordinator, said the so-called Israeli civil government has approved the confiscation of 100 dunams of agricultural land in Ein al-Qassis from the west of Al-Khader and their reallocation for settlements.

He explained, according to WAFA, that the intention is to build new settler units to expand the illegal Israeli settlement Neve Daniel, which is built on the villages of the villagers.

Israel has also approved the construction of 650 new settler units for the illegal settlement of Beit El, near the central city of Ramallah on the West Bank.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish settlements throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which is contrary to international law.

All settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, in particular Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which provides that the occupying power may not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population to the territory it occupies.

The "Civil Administration" is the name that Israel gives to the body that manages its military occupation of the West Bank.

(photo: al Eastern al-Khader and Solomon's Polish, Wikipedia)

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